OBITUARY

Teri Lee Leiker

May 25, 1969March 22, 2021
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Teri Lee Leiker was born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado on May 25, 1969 and was killed – died in Boulder, Colorado on March 22, 2021.

Teri spent most of her life in Boulder County, Colorado. She loved the Rocky Mountains and the Boulder Flatirons. She enjoyed going to Estes Park to see the Elk and buy caramel corn for her Daddy, attend parades, the stock show, draft horses, hot air balloons, classic car shows, Wildlife Sanctuary, the Colorado Creek Festival. Teri took many trips and cruises with her prior boyfriend David and his family – she loved to travel.

Teri’s always-present positive spirit and determination to succeed, despite her mild cognitive disabilities, led her to graduate from Longmont High School’s Special Education Program.

At the age of 21 she began living independently through a program with Imagine!Colorado. On February 23, 1989 she started working at King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder – her first and only job where she worked for 31 years until her tragic death at the store while doing her job. She loved her job, her co-workers and her customers. She was known for her smile and friendly personality.

Teri was very involved in the Special Olympic events of softball, cross-country skiing, track & field, and bowling all through her school years.Then, as an adult and recently, for over 10 years she was a “Best Buddie” in the Best Buddy program at the University of Colorado. She loved CU and was a very energetic, loyal fan. Every home game the CU Football Team played she attended the “Stampede” where she met and interacted with the CU Marching Band, Chip, the CU Cheerleaders and other CU fans.

The family expresses their utmost gratitude to the Boulder and outlying communities for the outpouring of love and support shown in response to the senseless death of their sweet, sweet Teri. King Soopers and its employees have always helped Teri in every way. Now, Kings is much appreciated in the support it has given Teri’s family. Special Olympics, Imagine!, Best Buddies and Via Mobility were important in helping her become the successful, vibrant person she was.

Teri is survived by her Mom Margie; her Daddy Tom; her much loved Brother Kevin; Sister-in-law RoxAnn; Niece Rachael; and her Boyfriend Clint. Other survivors are half-siblings Susan, Randy, Ronnie, Jodi, Jason and Josh all from other marriages of her biological father whom she only knew as a young child. Aunt Faye, Aunt Mary and Uncle Jimmy and many cousins also survive her.

Preceding Teri in death are all of her Grandparents; her first love, Jean LeClare; Aunt Sue; and her First Cousins Tommy and Mark.

Teri’s Service will be held on April 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the University of Colorado (CU) Events Center with a reception to follow. All are invited. Parking is provided on the North side of the building in Lot 440. Private interment will be held at Green Mountain Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations to these organizations in her name are suggested. https://www.bestbuddies.org/buddies-for-teri/, https://specialolympicsco.org/give/, https://viacolorado.org/give/, https://imaginecolorado.org/donate or the CU Teri Leiker Memorial Marching Band Scholarship.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

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Terry Bush

April 8, 2021

We all miss this sweet spirit with her infectious smile and laugh. Thank you Teri for always giving me a hello shout and big smile! Thankful I got to work with you at KS and see you around Boulder! - Terry Bush (coworker)

Sharon Knudson

April 7, 2021

Wish I knew Teri like I know her Mom Margie, who is so good, loving and kind. Teri was gifted with her Mom's loving personality. I am so sorry for the great loss this family is experiencing, and the grief they are feeling now. I pray for the comfort an peace that comes from our Lord,

Kelley Simonsen

April 4, 2021

Teri was a year behind me at Longmont High School . I remember how sweet she was . Have a mentally challenged brother, I was very protective over her and the others in the special needs program. My heart goes out to you and I miss her. I will never forget her.
Kelley Simonsen

Aimee Albe

April 4, 2021

Dear Midge and Tom,

I am so deeply saddened to hear of your great loss.
I have shopped at King Soopers since Teri’s first day on the job...30+ years ago. I admired how much she loved her job, how dedicated she was, and what a true inspiration she was to all. She was King Soopers to me...
I loved her interaction with all of her co-workers and all of us that shopped there. She brought the smiles and laughter to each day, the moments we cherished.
I wish you comfort during this most difficult time. If there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate in asking.
Aimee Albe

Janet Brady

April 1, 2021

I remember the sweet little girl who looked just like my little sister (second cousin Dianne) My thoughts and prayers are with you! The world has gained a beautiful smiling angel looking down at us!

Patti Brady Farias

April 1, 2021

Dear Midge and Tom,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Words really can’t express what you must feel! My heart goes out to you and your family! Teri and you are in my prayers!

Your cousin,
Patti Brady Farias

Patsy San Miguel

April 1, 2021

Marge, Tom and Kevin I'm so sorry to hear about Teri. I recognized her as soon as I saw her picture in the news. Can't believe it's been so long since we've seen each other. She looks the same. Her smile never changed. So many memories. God be with all of you during this time. Tom and Marge please take care of yourselves. Always in my heart. Terri rest in peace. Patsy SanMiguel

Monica Paskvan

March 31, 2021

Marge,
We are heartbroken to hear of your loss. Parents aren’t built to outlive their children. Our hearts and prayers are with you and the family. We met and interacted with Teri several times at King Soopers. She always had a bright smile and a twinkle in her eyes. Here in full support of you and your family.
Kind regards,
Monica (fka Stone, CBJ).

Laurie Glasscock

March 31, 2021

Marge

We are so deeply saddened by your loss. She was such a beautiful, loving person and a wonderful CU fan. Our prayers go out to you and the family.

Laurie & Gary

Tina and Vinnie Orlandino

March 30, 2021

We will miss your contagious laugh and beautiful smile and heart.
Vinnie and I both enjoyed being your co-workers.
Rest in Peace now!

Love Tina and Vinnie Orlandino

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